Top-of-the-Line Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server Powered by SPARC64 VII 2.52GHz Processor Outruns Top-of-the-Line POWER6-Based IBM Power 595 Server on Integer Throughput


(As of Monday, 14 July 2008)

Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server achieved an extraordinary throughput of 2290 on the SPECint_rate2006 benchmark, outperforming the IBM Power 595 server by 10 percent.


SPEC CPU2006 is a CPU-intensive benchmark suite that stresses a system's processor, memory subsystem, and compiler. SPEC designed CPU2006 to provide a comparative measure of compute-intensive performance using workloads developed from actual end-user applications.

The SPEC CPU2006 benchmark suite is made up of two sets of benchmarks: the first one simulates integer-intensive workloads and the second one simulates floating point-intensive workloads. Each benchmark set has two different metrics. The Rate gauges the throughput of a system by measuring how many workload streams can be ran simultaneously and demonstrates how fast a system can complete the specified workload. Typically the number of streams corresponds to the number of processors in the system, producing Optimized and/or Base set of results.


  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, equipped with SPARC64 VII 2.52GHz quad-processors, delivered results of 2,290 SPECint_rate2006.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server powered by the SPARC64 VII 2.52GHz quad processor beats the top-of-the-line 5.0GHz POWER6-based IBM Power 595 server by 10% on SPECint_rate2006 benchmark.

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